Rita Rockliff is from Brazil, where she grew up with a dream to be a dentist and attended Lutheran University of Brazil where she obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery with honours in 2001.
While working in Brazil, Rita’s wishes was to raise her family in New Zealand or Australia. So she moved to New Zealand in 2003 and worked as a dental hygienist before settling on the Sunshine Coast with her family in 2006. She has worked in private practices in Birtinya, Maroochydore and Gympie.Learn more
Rita is passionate about providing her patients with excellent standard of care in all aspects; she seeks to understand their overall general health, wellbeing and lifestyle in order to plan a holistic treatment that will have a positive impact on their long term health.
In her advanced education, Rita completed a Mini Residency in Orthodontics for 3 years (Dr Derek Mahony’s philosophy with full face orthodontics and non extraction practices). Started a Master in Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney, participated in extensive Invisalign training, Cosmetic dentistry (Digital Smile Design and Veneers), and recently her interest was directed to Facial aesthetics and rejuvenation, and her latest addition: Fotona Laser to her repertoire of knowledge.
Rita has written a few articles over the years with emphasis in prevention and education in dental health. She held an educational business parallel to her day time job to bring speakers and promote courses in Australia. Rita values giving back to the community, she was involved in helping the local charities such as Sunny Kids and Steps charity by volunteering her time to educating on oral health.
Rita is very excited to be part of the Avenue Dental team and said “I feel very fortunate to be part of the Avenue Dental family. The team is committed to providing the best ever dental experience for our patients and make coming to work every day positive and fun through our amazing culture.”
Outside of dentistry, Rita enjoys spending time with her family and dog Roxy. She lives a very healthy lifestyle and will often be exercising at the F45 gyms and practicing yoga. She also has a hidden talent of painting, and loves to explore the culinary world. Rita likes to travel the world and her favourite holidays are at the snow with her family.
Rita has a very positive energy and values influencing her colleagues and patients to be the best version of themselves.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CULTURE OF AVENUE DENTAL?
What I love about working with Avenue Dental is the incredible support given to the individuals, bringing the best in each person. The culture of cultivating the strengths of everyone instead of pointing the weaknesses make everyone more at ease. The open mindedness of the leaders shines through the overall place allowing everyone to grow and develop creating a sense of achievement and reward.With lots of fun and positivity we still do our jobs but mostly we love what we do.As we spend long hours at work having a friendly and supportive environment makes the daily tasks a breeze.